Arizona Board Board of Medical Examiners

Glossary of Terms

Protecting the Public's Health
Arizona Board of Medical Examiners
9545 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5539   480-551-2700
(Toll Free Within Arizona: 877-255-2212)

The purpose of this glossary is to assist you in understanding the words and phrases used by the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners. These summaries are not legal definitions, but rather general descriptions of words and phrases used in the Board's website physician profiles.

NOTE: The term "licensee" used in these definitions refers to physicians and physician assistants licensed to practice medicine in Arizona. The term "Board" refers to either the Board of Medical Examiners that regulates physicians or the Joint Board on the Regulation of Physician Assistants.

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Board Actions:

Dismiss · Non-Disciplinary Actions · Disciplinary Actions

Types of Non-Disciplinary Actions: Advisory Letter (Physicians) or Letter of Concern (Physician Assistants)
Practice Limitation · Medical Probation
Types of Disciplinary Actions: Civil Penalty · Fine · Probation · Letter of Reprimand · Decree of Censure · Practice Restriction · Suspension · Summary Suspension · Cancelled with Cause · Surrender of License · Revocation

General Terms:

Allopathic Medicine · Board · Certification · Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) · Fellowship · Formal Hearing · Internship · Licensee · Licensure · Malpractice · Medical Practice Act · Negligence · Open Investigations · Osteopathic Medicine · Physician Assistant · Registration · Residency · Schedule II, III, IV, or V drugs · Unprofessional Conduct


Probationary Terms:

Biological Fluid Test · Chaperone · Competency Exam (SPEX) · Focused Education or Continuing Medical Education (CME) · Post Licensure Assessment (PLAS) · Restitution


Board Orders:

Board Order · Consent Agreement or Stipulated Agreement · Interim Order · Stayed Disciplinary Action


Licensing Terms:

Active · Canceled · Expired · Inactivated · Restriction · Revoked · Surrender of License · Suspended · Limitation


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